Proving that you can do anything if you just put your mind to it, the Westlake-based Sibling Revelry Brewery has created a craft hard seltzer that is basically Zima.
Wally Weiss, the brewer at Sibling Revelry who concocted the near-Zima, wasn’t looking to re-create the drink. Experimenting with hard seltzer flavors during work, Weiss started to play around with citrus notes. Upon tasting his creation, he was transported back to a time of pogs, flannel and MTV playing music videos.
As you may or may not remember, Zima was produced by Coors as a lemon-lime “malternative” (a real word that beer companies use) alcoholic beverage. Zima was aggressively marketed in the mid-1990’s, hoping to ride the wave of the American craze over “clear” drinks, like Crystal Pepsi and Tab Clear. It was initially popular, but then became the stuff of punchlines as a “girly beer”, and was discontinued in the early 2000’s. Last year, as must happen with all things you dimly remember, it received a limited release into stores.
Sibling Revelry has plans to can and distribute the Zima-esque drink soon, but no date or name has been released yet.
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